An imperturbable English gentleman played by the unflappably urbane David Niven attempts to completely circumnavigate the world in eighty days in order to win a large wager. But is he also conveniently missing from London as an investigation into a robbery at the Bank Of England begins? Winner of 5 Oscars at the 1957 Academy Awards!
A fashion model moves into a house inhabited (on the top floor) by a blind priest. She begins having strange physical problems, has trouble sleeping at night, and has some nasty flashbacks of her attempted suicide. She complains to the real estate agent of the noise caused by her strange neighbours, but finds out that the house is only occupied by the priest and herself, and ultimately discovers that she has been put in the house for a reason.
Cold austere Presbyterian Churh is just another small mining town in the turn-of-the-century Pacific Northwest - and a perfect place for John Q McCabe and Constance Miller to bring a touch of 'civilazation'. He's a small time gambler who dreams of running a big time bordello; she's a madam from Seattle who arrives to make that dream come true...
This American classic based on John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel follows Tom Joad (Henry Fonda in an Oscar- Nominated role) and his family as they escape the Depression-era Oklahoma dust bowls for the promised land of California. But the arduous trip and harsh living conditions offer little hope, and family unity proves as daunting a challenge as any other they face.
The first family of fright from the popular 1964-1966 sitcom series Herman (Fred Gwynne), Lily (Yvonne De Carlo), Grandpa (Al Lewis), Eddie (Butch Patrick) and Marilyn (Debbie Watson) hit the big screen as Herman becomes Lord Munster when he inheritsan estate from an English uncle. With Spot guarding 1313 Mockingbird Lane, Herman leaves his job at Gateman Goodbury & Graves Morticians for Munster Hall, he uncovers a counterfeit ring, and upholds the family honour driving his Drag-u-la special in the annual road race. Produced and co-written by series creators Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher (Leave It To Beaver), this frantically funny fright-fest features British comedians Terry Thomas and Hermione Gingold, legendary horror star John Carradine and Family Feud host Richard Dawson. Enjoy for the first time ever on DVD this classic bit of 1960's Munster nostalgia!
An instant werewolf classic, The Howling was directed by Joe Dante, a graduate of Roger Corman's school of low-budget ingenuity who had gained enough momentum with 1978's Piranha to rise to this bigger challenge. He brought along Piranha screenwriter John Sayles, too, and recruited makeup wizard Rob Bottin to create what was then the wildest on-screen transformation ever seen. With Gary Brandner's novel The Howling as a starting point, Sayles and Dante conceived a werewolf colony on the California coast, posing as a self-help haven led by a seemingly benevolent doctor (Patrick Macnee), and populated by a variety of "patients", from sexy, leather-clad sirens (Elisabeth Brooks) to an old coot (John Carradine) who's quite literally long in the tooth. When a TV reporter (Dee Wallace) arrives at the colony to recover from a recent trauma, the resident lycanthropes prepare for a howlin' good time. Dante handles it all with equal measures of humour, sex, gore, and horror, pulling out all the stops when the ravenous Eddie (Dante favourite Robert Picardo, later known as The Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager) transforms into a towering , bloodthirsty werewolf. (Bottin's mentor Rick Baker would soon raise the make-up ante with An American Werewolf in London.) As usual in Dante's movies (qv. Gremlins), in-jokes abound, from characters named after werewolf movie directors, amusing cameos (Corman, Sayles, Forrest J Ackerman), and hammy inserts of wolfish cartoons and Allen Ginsberg's "Howl". It's best appreciated now as a quintessential example of early-80s horror, with low-budget limitations evident throughout, but The Howling remains a giddy genre milestone. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
THE MUMMY'S GHOST An ancient curse that has survived for 3,000 years is coming to America! In ancient Egypt, the princess Ananka and lowly commoner Kharis fell in love and pledged themselves eternally to each other. Although buried together, Kharis is given a sacred potion that grants him eternal life - and an eternity to search for his lost love. Lon Chaney, Jr. as Kharis and John Carradine as an Egyptian priest star in this engaging story of a couple's true love that survives the centuries and the unending curse that haunts them. The Mummy's Ghost unearths hope for romantics everywhere with its surprising finale! THE MUMMY'S CURSE An ancient curse that has survived for 3,000 years is coming to America! In ancient Egypt, the princess Ananka and lowly commoner Kharis fell in love and pledged themselves eternally to each other. Although buried together, Kharis is given a sacred potion that grants him eternal life - and an eternity to search for his lost love. Lon Chaney, Jr. as Kharis and John Carradine as an Egyptian priest star in this engaging story of a couple's true love that survives the centuries and the unending curse that haunts them. The Mummy's Ghost unearths hope for romantics everywhere with its surprising finale!
Innocuous, innocent and somewhat idiotic, Disney's bubbleheaded road-movie comedy Bubble Boy plays as a farcical remake of the 1976 cult TV-movie melodrama The Boy in the Plastic Bubble. Jake Gyllenhaal is the good-hearted innocent raised in a sort of human Habitrail of plastic rooms and rubber tunnels. To win back the girl of his dreams (Marley Shelton), he steps out of his indoor greenhouse and into a homemade Ziplock bubble suit. It's the usual story: naive innocent bounces down the highway like a beach ball with legs and wins over the wacky supporting cast of soft-hearted bikers, zombie-like teenage cultists and orphaned "freaks" through purity and pluck. The premise wears thin after a while, but Gyllenhaal keeps the film bounding along with goofy innocence and energetic eagerness. Swoosie Kurtz costars as his religious-zealot clinging mom. Watch for Fabio in an inspired cameo. --Sean Axmaker On the DVD: Bubble Boy contains a surprising amount of special features for what is essentially a B-movie comedy. These include a long winded multi-interview about the main star of the film, the Bubble suit itself; a director's diary, charting the events around the time of filming the movie; a "Production Design Gallery" including intricate pencil drawings and a story board of the Niagara Falls sequence. Along with this, director Blair Hayes and Jake Gyllenhaal offer a gabbled conversation rather than a commentary. --Nikki Disney
The last film of John Wayne, The Shootist, could not have been more fitting, full of details that can't help but make one reflect upon his legacy in the movies and his life as a star. Wayne plays a career gunfighter in the autumn of his life, trying to hang up his pistols after he discovers he's dying of cancer. Boarding in the house of an attractive widow (Lauren Bacall) and her son (Ron Howard), Wayne's character opts for peace in his final days but is dogged by his reputation when a handful of killers seeks him out for a final fight. Howard is fine as a fatherless boy who needs the strong mentor the hero represents, and James Stewart--who costarred with Wayne in the great Man Who Shot Liberty Valance--plays the doctor who gives the big man the bad news. Don Siegel (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) thoughtfully directs a very special and sensitive production. --Tom Keogh
John Ford directs this Technicolor outdoor adventure set before the Revolutionary War in the American Colonial period. Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert star as Gilbert and Magdelana (Lana) Martin, a newlywed young couple trying to establish their homestead in New York State's Mohawk Valley, which is under constant attack from Native American tribespeople. Lana, who was brought up in a wealthy family, finds the life rough and difficult, but things improve as the farm becomes established and she gives birth to their first son. But their comfort is shortlived: Gilbert, who was wounded in battle with the Indians, has finally recuperated when the Valley's fledgling community falls prey to a fresh bout of attacks.
Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Winner of two including Best Director for John Ford The Grapes of Wrath comes to Blu-ray for the first time! This American classic based on John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel follows Tom Joad (Henry Fonda in an Oscar-Nominated role) and his family as they escape the Depression-era Oklahoma dust bowls for the promised land of California. But the arduous trip and harsh living conditions offer little hope and family unity proves as daunting a challenge as any other they face.
Based on Maxwell Anderson's play set in 16th century Scotland starring Katharine Hepburn and Fedric March. A rare excursion by Ford into the historic costume drama a very entertaining and rewarding experience.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a late film from the long career of director John Ford that tells of the civilising of an Old West town, Shinbone, through the sad memories of settlers looking back. Ford's nostalgia for the past is tempered by his stark approach, unusual for the visual poet of Stagecoach and The Searchers. The two heavyweights, John Wayne and James Stewart, are good together, with Wayne the embodiment of rugged individualism and Stewart the idealistic prophet of the civilisation that will eventually tame the Wild West. This may be the saddest Western ever made, closer to an elegy than an action movie, and as cleanly beautiful as its central symbol, the cactus rose. --Robert Horton
All five feature-length spinoffs from the classic 1960s spy series 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E'. With weapons in hand - and tongues in cheek - agents Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) and Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum) carry out the bidding of U.N.C.L.E. chief Alexander Waverly (Leo G. Carroll). Guest stars include Joan Crawford, Rip Torn, Herbert Lom, Telly Savalas, Terry-Thomas, John Carradine and Leslie Nielson. Films are: 'The Spy With No Face', 'One Spy Too Many', 'Karate Killers', 'Helicopter ...
Three Chilling Tales of Terror...Pausing to admire a window display of his own books the distinguished horror writer Ronald Chetwynd-Hayes is attacked by a desperate vampire Eramus faint from lack of sustenance. Assuring the startled victim that his neck bite was not deep enough to bring him into the fold the grateful vampire takes him to the Monster Club where all his friends foregather. The rich selection of vampires werewolves snakemen wasp-women ghouls and other weird creatures enjoying themselves to the happy beat of pop music offers plenty of new material for the author. In addition Eramus explains to Ronald the hierarchy and basic rules of Monsterdom and illustrates his theme with three unusual tales...Released on DVD for the first time THE MONSTER CLUB is a blackly-comic horror movie starring all-time greats Vincent Price John Carradine and Donald Pleasance. This film won director Roy Ward Baker the Audience Award at the 1981 Fantafestival in Rome.
Dracula appears at Dr. Edelman's office on the pretense of a cure for his vampirism his real intention is the Doctor's beautiful female assistant...
In his book, Robert C. O'Brien called his brave widow mouse "Mrs. Frisby", but Disney escapee animator Don Bluth must have thought children would laugh the wrong way at that. They renamed her "Mrs. Brisby" for The Secret of NIMH. That acronym stands for the National Institute of Mental Health, and the rats that live near Mrs. Brisby came from NIMH--they have strange ways. But they're the only ones who can save her house and her children, so Brisby seeks them out with the help of a humorous crow (Dom DeLuise). The magic gets laid on a little thick but this is Don Bluth's most successful attempt to achieve a complete, sincere, animated film. It's often forgotten, but it's a true surprise and a rare treat in the vast wasteland of insubstantial children's fare. --Keith Simanton, Amazon.com
One of the all time classic Westerns - considered by many to be the movie that propelled John Wayne to stardom back in 1939. The film is set against the impressive backdrop of Monument Valley in Utah and tells the story of a mixed group of travellers who are making their way across country to Arizona. They are endangered by an Indian War Party and this along with their various characters results in difficulties for the party...
The Angel Doll' is a beautifully touching true story told through the eyes of ten-year-old boy Jerry. He tells of his carefree life in the 1950s with his friend Whitey. Whitey is devoted to his seriously ill four-year-old sister Sandy whose only comfort from her illness is her love for angels. Although Whitey has saved money from his paper round to buy her a special angel doll he cannot find one in the small town that they live in. Jerry and Whitey set out with single-minded determination to find a doll and along the way face fear prejudice and theft. They learn what is truly important as their lives and the lives of others are affected in a very unexpected way.
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